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Peripherals: Actuators

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

POSTED: 06/01/2016

By: Terri Hawker, Director Product Management Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could

Impact Productivity Not The Product

POSTED: 12/31/2015

A common side effect of using air cylinder to performing high-speed diverting and sorting of all types of products, and heavy products at any speed is the of the decrease in productivity caused by the higher energy the air cylinder imparts on the product at the point of impact.  This

8 Ways SMAC's Revolutionary SOFT-LAND is a Game Changer

POSTED: 10/22/2015

“Soft-land” is the ability to softly land on a surface with a Moving Coil Actuator shaft and virtually instantly (in milliseconds) recognize that contact has been made and at what distance.  The “Soft-Land” is a patented unique routine which allows the actuator rod or gripper jaw to land on the

Small Fragile Electronic Component Assembly - Challenges and Solutions

POSTED: 04/21/2015

The smallest SMD components are shrinking in size, currently 0.2 x 0.4 mm (type 01005). The solder area’s on these components is 0.07 x 0.2 mm. The interspacing between components needs to be as small as possible in order to maximize the component density. A distance between components of 0.05

Don’t be Alarmed – It’s Just a Robot I’m Talking From

POSTED: 08/26/2010

When a security alarm goes off in a deserted office building at night and a robot meets first responders at the door to see what happened does it mean we’ve entered the age of the Jetsons? What if that robot gives its owner the ability to

Look to RIA for a Revitalized Robotics Industry

POSTED: 02/03/2010

There is no sugar coating the fact that the robotics industry suffered from the Great Recession but there are some bright spots. RIA’s Director of Market Analysis, Paul Kellett, presented detailed statistics during the Robotics Industry Forum and they show the industry has contracted. However, he also highlighted areas where


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